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11 Saudi Princes Detained Following Protest Over Utility Bills

Voice of America - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 02:58
Saudi Arabian authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against the government suspending payment of their utility bills, the public prosecutor said Saturday. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has introduced reforms that include reducing energy subsidies, introducing value-added taxes and cutting some perks to royal family members to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has caused a budget deficit estimated...
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Arab FMs Meet in Amman to Discuss US Jerusalem Recognition

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 20:39
Arab foreign ministers met in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Saturday to discuss the ongoing dispute over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Arab news channels interrupted their usual coverage to focus on the Arab foreign ministers' press conference in the Jordanian capital, which is the latest development in the ongoing controversy over the Trump administration’s controversial move. Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit told journalists...
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UN Denounces Execution of 20 Men in Egypt

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 16:02
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights deplores the recent execution in Egypt of 20 men on alleged terrorist-related charges. Five men were hanged in Alexandria on January 2.  One week earlier, on December 26, 15 men reportedly were hanged in two prisons in the restive Sinai region.  All were tried in military courts and found guilty of acts of terrorism.   U.N. human rights spokeswoman, Liz Throssell, says her office is deeply shocked by these...
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As Trump Administration Expresses Support for Iran Protests, Nuclear Deal Deadline Looms

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 10:06
The Trump administration this week has not shied away from expressing support for the thousands of Iranians who have taken to the streets to protest government corruption and economic hardship. And while U.S. officials have threatened targeted sanctions against those who crack down on demonstrators, President Donald Trump is facing a Jan. 13 deadline on whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Iran that were suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal. VOA's Aru Pande has more from...
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US Puts Iran 'on Notice' Over Protests

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:58
The U.S. put Iran 'on notice' at the U.N. Security Council Friday, over anti-government protests in the Islamic Republic, where more than 20 people have been killed and scores arrested in the past week. VOA's Margaret Besheer has more from the United Nations.
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Tillerson Working on Way to Keep US in Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:41
The Trump administration is working with key lawmakers on a legislative fix that could enable the United States to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.   The changes to the U.S. law codifying America’s participation the 2015 agreement could come as early as next week or shortly thereafter, Tillerson said. President Donald Trump faces a series of deadlines in the coming days about how to proceed with...
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Cyberweapons Now a 'Core Tool' of Iranian Statecraft

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:07
A new report by the Carnegie Endowment says Iran’s cyberoperations have become increasingly sophisticated and damaging to its adversaries and are now a prime policy tool for its security agencies.  The report, released on Thursday, said Tehran has used offensive cyberoperations to influence regional affairs, thwart opponents and rivals like Saudi Arabia and the United States, and conduct espionage.  “Iran has demonstrated how militarily weaker countries can use...
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LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests, Jan. 6, 2018

Voice of America - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:27
1/6/218 6:04 p.m. -- Several hundred people protested against the Iranian government in Berlin on Saturday, gathering in front of the Brandenburg Gate and calling for regime change. The rally, organized by the German wing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, followed more than a week of unrest across Iran that has seen more than 20 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials. The anti-government protests have been the largest in the past...
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WHO: Yemen Children Dying from Rapid Spread of Diphtheria

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 22:38
The World Health Organization warns that children in Yemen are dying as diphtheria, a preventable disease, spreads rapidly throughout the country. Forty-six of the more than 470 people with clinically diagnosed diphtheria in Yemen — or nearly 10 percent — have died in less than four months, according to WHO. "Diphtheria is a highly infectious but vaccine-preventable disease," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.  "It can be treated with antitoxins and antibiotics,...
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Coptic Christmas in Egypt

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 21:07
Nearly 10 million Egyptian children live in poverty, according to the National Child Multidimensional Poverty Analysis report “Understanding Child Multidimensional Poverty in Egypt”. Hamada Elrasam filed this story on how poor Egyptian Coptic children prepare for Christmas, which is celebrated on January 7 according to the Coptic calendar.
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Coptic Children Prepare for Christmas

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 20:26
Egypt's Coptic Christmas is celebrated on January 7
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VOA Interview: Senator Ben Cardin Excerpts

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 20:04
VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren spoke Friday to Senator Ben Cardin, the highest ranked Democrat on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  Below are some excerpts. Van Susteren: “Senator, there is a lot going on in Iran. There have been a series of protests sparked, at least at first, according to many as an economic issue, they have now somewhat subsided but what are your thoughts on these protests?” Cardin: “Well, the Persian people, the Iranians, are great people; they...
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'US Is Watching What You Do,' Iran Told at UN

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:28
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations praised anti-government protesters in Iran at an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council, while Russia criticized the United States for what it said was meddling in Iran's domestic affairs. The United States called Friday's emergency meeting to discuss the protests in Iran, which have left 22 people dead and led to the arrests of more than 1,000 others. Competing pro- and anti-government demonstrations have been taking...
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Protests Put Spotlight on Iran's Vast and Shadowy Syria War

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:44
In demonstrations across Iran, chants are going up against the military's vast and shadowy war in Syria, one of Tehran's closest allies and a frontline state in its confrontation with its archenemy, Israel. Although the protests have focused on economic issues, demonstrators have also voiced strong opposition to the government's policy of sending young Iranians to fight and die in Syria while spending billions of dollars on the military when they say the priority should be...
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UN Gives Record-setting Emergency Aid Funds to Yemen

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:07
The United Nations says it is giving its largest emergency relief allocation ever, $50 million, to Yemen to help the more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Mark Lowcock, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, said in a statement Friday that he remains "deeply concerned" by the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Yemen. He said the situation has been made worse by recent increases in fighting and...
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LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests Jan. 5

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:29
1/5/2018 9:34 p.m. -- RFE/RL's Armenian service interviewed Iranians in Armenia about the protests going on in their home country. WATCH: Iranians In Armenia Discuss Unrest Back Home 1/5/2018 4:23 p.m. -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during Friday's emergency Security Council meeting that "the voices of the Iranian people should be heard." Haley said the emergency meeting on the protests in Iran is putting the Islamic Republic...
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Tourist Dies, 7 Hurt in Balloon Crash in Egypt

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:08
A hot air balloon with foreign tourists sightseeing over the southern city of Luxor crash landed Friday, killing a tourist from South Africa and injuring seven others, Egyptian officials said.  No details were immediately available on the nationalities of the other victims. The remaining 12 tourists were unhurt.  The officials said the incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon, which was carrying 20 tourists, off its course above the ancient city, home to...
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Did Iran's Hardliners Orchestrate Start of Iranian Protests?

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:53
Iranian authorities have accused the West and the country's regional enemies of fomenting the street protests that have roiled Iran for a week, but reformists question whether some of their domestic conservative foes had a hand in orchestrating the demonstrations in the first place — suspecting they did so to weaken the government of President Hassan Rouhani. Media outlets funded by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) this week aired interviews with protesters angry about rising food...
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Women’s Rights in Iran

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:42
Several photos and videos posted to social media during the recent Iran anti-government demonstrations have shown women removing their hijabs to protest the Iranian dress code and one woman raising her fist in the air as she walked through a cloud of tear gas. The images are notable in that Iran severely restricts women’s rights, from what they are allowed to wear in public to the jobs they hold, to not being allowed to watch men’s sports in stadiums. According to Amnesty...
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Islamic State Vows to Topple Rival Hamas in Gaza, Threatens Attacks on Israel

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:10
The Islamic State terror group has released a new video from its Sinai Peninsula branch, in which it threatens to target rival Hamas in the Gaza Strip. IS is accusing the Palestinian militant group of cracking down on jihadists and not taking a stronger stance against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In the 22-minute, undated video, titled “Community of Abraham,” IS accuses Hamas of attempting to ease tensions with the West, and encourages its followers to...
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